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She’s Having A Baby: The Allen Family

Author: Tafari, Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 6:17 PM Mindspill

My cousin, best best best friend, Cousin Dee is having a baby!!! She broke the news several months ago and it was the best news ever. Of course, I had to photograph this wonderful moment in my family's history. The image above is my absolute favorite from our little session. We were joking and sing some T-Pain song and we both just burst out laughing. Not to put myself out there too much but I just recently discover T-Pain's music & that's because of a story on NPR. You have to see this video. I love it! Like for real…. Can't wait to meet my little cousin/nephew. I already have a nick name… Uncle Baba TT. I hate it. I hate it so much but it's pretty damn funny. Mindspill Mindspill Mindspill Mindspill

Working With A Sheroe: Alice Walker

Author: Tafari, Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 7:20 PM Mindspill

Last week, I was contacted to photograph one of my favorite artists… ALICE WALKER. Needless to say, I was very excited & totally looking forward to the opportunity. Fast forward to the day of the event… I woke up feeling very bad, horrible, like death was upon me. It was strange because it just hit me out of nowhere. How could this be happening on such a big day…. It took a while to pull myself together and I rushed to get out of the door with all kinds of bags in tow only feeling slightly better…. Now..., I’m on the job setting up my camera and guess what… I left all of my memory cards at home. BUMMER… What was I going to do at the last minute other than panic. Then I noticed that I had another camera in my bag, which hadn’t been used in at least 2 years and it had a memory card ready to go for… A much needed surprise!!!! After all of this Ms. Walker entered the room and I was awestruck but composed… I introduced myself & sucked in as much as I could from her. Mindspill I’ll cherish this exchange forever: Me: Ms. Walker, give me a little more leg. Ms. Walker: Just one moment. (Positions leg and lifts skirt a little) In response to her creative process... "I don't allow anything into my mental and spiritual space that I don't want." In response to what she thinks the Black community needs... “The Black community needs more imagination.” “Turn off your TV and the images that tell you who you are and what you should be.” “Hang on to your books. All of your books.” Interesting Alice Walker Fact: The first thing Alice Walker saw on television was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being arrested. Yesterday was everything I needed as a person & as an artist! And I got my book signed. Ha! The little things in life. Mindspill

New York Fashion Week: Sitting This One Out

Author: Tafari, Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Fashion Mindspill

After my time at New York Fashion Week last February I decided to sit the fall season out New York Fashion Week out. Crazy right??? Although I will not be in & out of fashion related events photographing beautiful people, I did have some thoughts on fashion week that I shared with Sharifa D. Crawford of Disciples of Haute. Check it out here! And for the record, I'm never that excited about spring/summer collections. Being from the Midwest & a lover of all things autumn, I'm more excited about fall/winter collections. The colors, jackets, richer textiles and scarves of course.

A Real Bridey Wedding

Author: Tafari, Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 11:30 AM Mindspill

"Imitation of Life" (1959) is one of my all time favorite movies! If you’ve seen the move then you know how emotional the ending is & I love it. My favorite scene is actually the scene where Annie is on her deathbed where she says to Ms. Laura
“My pearl necklace... I want you to give it to Susie…for her weddin’. Give her a real bridey wedding… with all the fixins. Our weddin’ day… and the day we die… are the great events… of life.”
Any wedding that I’ve attend since seeing this movie more than 20 years ago, I hear Annie in my head saying these words. And who doesn’t love a good bridey wedding?

Finally, A New Website

Author: Tafari, Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 4:51 PM Mindspill

After years of wanting to update my website, the job is now down.  Took many more hours than I care to mention to get it to the point of being done but it is done. Whew!!!!! My previous site was fin but it was part HTML and Flash, therefore it did not work on many mobile platforms, which is a pain since most people compute via mobile devices these days. The new site, features some fun new things like responsive design, which means the site reacts based on the size of your browser. Has an expert of this blog here and a cool portfolio. Overall, the new site is part resume, part bravado, and part kick ass photos. Check it out, enjoy & spread the word.

Positive Light In My Life

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 10:04 PM Mindspill

What's been going on with me? Well, quite a bit. Here are a few quick snippets. I have more good news to share in June. Stay tuned because it's really gonna be awesome to share out! My little sister Sade turned 16 years old last week. I sent her a serious care package with some Detroit love, Better Made potato chips along with some other stuff that I thought a 16 year old would find interesting, (not easy to do for an almost 40 year old guy) but she was quite happy. She’s been so strong over the past year and has been working hard on making all things positive in her life. She recently became a member of the Alpha Kappa Omega Hearts sorority, A flag girl in her high school band, a member of the school gospel choir and all while maintaining good grades (not counting math but that’s another story). She makes me happy and I admire her courage! And damn, I can’t believe she’s 16. Mindspill

I recently started going back to the gym to work my husky body. My goal is to drop at least 20 pounds by my birthday in September. I’ve done it before and I’m about to do it again.  I have to look hot when I hit the beaches of Cancun. I’ve been crazy busy with work, all kinds of work and I’m enjoying using my talents, skill and abilities to make others happy. Now, keep in mind that I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit! I’ll be in DC this weekend visiting and celebrating with friends and I cannot wait. I haven’t been on a trip since February and it’s time to get the hell out of dodge! I could go on and on about myself but I’ll stop here. Mindspill

My little sweet baby, Tongi laid an egg today. I noticed her building a nest over the last few days and then today I came home to her little white surprise. This is her 4th egg in a year. The last time, she laid 3 eggs in the course of a few weeks. I wonder what will happen this time. I view her egg laying and timing as a good omen because every time it’s happened, I received some great news. Today was no exception and I’m grateful for the Birmingham Family Court for honoring my family and doing the right thing! ------------- BTW, can you tell which image here was taken with an SLR or which with an iPhone????

Working [it] In New York

Author: Tafari, Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 9:31 PM Mindspill

Last weekend, I was in NYC for Fashion Week working as a fashion liaison. I attended some shows, went back stage, did some art gallery tours, chilled out at the Hotel Chelsea in a SUPER swanky room that rocked my world & such. This was the 1st time that I did not attend as a photographer and it was REFRESHING! Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my experience photographing runway shows and presentations from some of America's top designers but the work is killer! You’re left drained by the end of the week feeling like you're near death... It would take me a day or two to recover; feet, back, mind… Who knows what the next season will have in store for me. Guess we will see. The image above is from Libertine's 2013 fall/winter collection & taken with my trusty iPhone! You can see looks from the show here. If you don't follow me on Facebook, you can go there to "like" me & catch up on some of my mini-adventures.

New York Fashion Week F/W 2013

Author: Tafari, Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 11:30 AM Mindspill

New York Fashion Week is in full swing & I'm in town to take it all in as I work as a Fashion Liaison... Feels funny being here for Fashion Week and not working like a dog as a photographer. And I'm enjoying it. What is a Fashion Liaison? No one knows but I was flown out & put up to do it and like anything I do, I will do it well. Between attending events, I will have my camera in hand to snap some street looks. Hoping to see some outrageous stuff; that is if the weather permits. There's something going around saying that there will be 3-30" of snow this weekend. What kind of range is that??? Holla!

2012: My Retrospective

Author: Tafari, Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 2:02 PM Mindspill

2012 was a bitch & my boo at the same damn time! Here are my top 10 highlights:
  • Hearing my sweet baby Amelia tell me that she missed & loved me after not seeing each other for 8 months.
  • Finalization of my divorce & My EPIC "The Ring Didn't Mean a Thing" divorce party.
  • College graduation & party. The party & the morning after was some of the sexiest shit ever.
  • My trip to Los Angeles: Having Lunch with my boo, Los Angelista at the La Brea Tar Pits: Having lunch with my boo, Ayanna at the Getty, Brunching with my boo, Thembi at Taste, Riding around & getting it with my niggas, Marcel & Asia, ya bish & of course the LA Sip & See at Lola's with all of my west coast family...
  • Traipsing around Brooklyn with Cousin Dee & landing in Hotel Delano.
  • Listening to Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" album for the 1st time.
  • Making the New York Times Style section.
  • My parrot, Tongi laying 4 eggs.
  • Being surrounded by love & support from my great friends and family.
  • Re-connecting with my big cousin Danny.
Hit up my favorite portraits from the year..... [gallery columns="3" ids="5679,5680,5681,5682,5683,5678,5684,5687,5685,5686" orderby="rand"]

Back From The Streets of NYC With Love

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at 11:53 PM Mindspill

For no reason other than laziness, I had been holding on to a few rolls of film with a Kung Fu grip. Every week for months, I’d promise myself to get it processed but it took 8 months for it to finally happen. I didn’t feel like driving way out to my usual small camera store, so I did the unthinkable and went to CVS for film processing. The horror!  When I dropped it off, the cashier seemed a little unsteady & I just hoped this young guy did not mess up my rolls. Well, he didn’t and I got some great stuff that I’m excited to share, FINALLY! Here’s the first in the last of my NYC Analog Portrait series and I’d like to say that it gets better from here. This photo of Eva Marcille Pigford of America’s Next Top Model fame was taken back in February 2012 just before I left for LaGuardia. She was leaving Lincoln Center and surrounded by photographers. I kinda pushed my way through the crowd and said “hey boo, can I get a few snapshots.” She said "of course, boo," and she posed down for me. Then she disappeared into thin air. It was awesome! And she looks fucking great! Check here to view more of my NYC Analog Street Portrait series.

Hire Me Now

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 11:04 AM Mindspill

I saw this business card concept on Dribble by French designer Frederic Tourrou of Beasty Design & had to bite his style for myself. So simple, fun & catchy. And of course, as an Apple fan, it got me really hype. I'd love to have this printed.... Maybe... Mindspill

Ain’t No Freebies Here

Author: Tafari, Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 8:52 PM Mindspill

I get requests often from agencies, individuals etc asking me for permission to use my photos for various projects. More often than not, the request come with the following line "I don't have a budget but will give you credit." When I read that bit, it's a wrap. I don't need credit, I need cash! Why are people so crazy to think that I will offer free product for them to use to get paid off of? Maybe I'm the crazy one? Yesterday, I got the request below from architecture firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro & I started to cuss when I read the last paragraph! See for yourself:
"Dear Tafari Stevenson-Howard, I am contacting you from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architecture studio that designed the Lincoln Center Redevelopment in New York. We are currently designing a book in collaboration with Lincoln Center covering our work on the campus from 2003 through the present. The first edition will be a run of 5,000 books, with an expected publication date of December 2012. We have found that the Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center has been a focal point for pictures posted online and we would like to feature this phenomena in our publication. We are interested in one of your images of the Revson Fountain on Flickr and would like permission to use it in our book. The image would be small, approximately 2" x 1", alongside images by other Flickr photographers, and we are requesting the reproduction authorization of this work. It is found here: The book is being produced in house and due to our limited budget and the limited run of books being produced, we are unable to provide you with pay or a copy of the book. If you do allow us to use your image could you please provide me with how you would like to be credited? We look forward to your reply, with kindest regards. Sofia Balters"
My was response was:
"Hello Sofia, Thanks for inquiring but I am not interested. The time, effort, creativity energy and cost of my camera equipment that I used to create this image is worth more than photo credit. I'm an award winning photographer, Getty Images contributor, style icon and US citizen that has bills to pay. Should you be interested in purchasing this photo, I'd love to talk more. And yes, this offer is insulting! Best, Tafari"
Who are these people? And did they Google my name before they sent that request?